Odyssey of the Inventors

Engineering Skills for the 21st Century …


To achieve our mission as far as basic Engineering Science at school level is concerned, the National Youth Development Trust [NYDT] has adopted the following competencies as the basis of what we expect our students to know, understand and be able to do [ability] when they graduate from high school:


1.       Academic Proficiency:

Students must be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of

a.     The Key or Gateway subjects Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Economics, Intellectual/Educational Technology [IIT/EIT]

b.     The key concepts, principles, processes, facts, and skills in the discipline of Engineering Science

2.       Early Ability and Skills Complex Development:

a.       Multi-Dimensional thinking

b.       Effective communication through listening, writing, speaking, and presentation

c.       Effective decision making

d.       Strong research skills, including Reading with Understanding

e.       Practical problem Solving: Critical and creative thinking to solve problems

f.       Technological Literacy: The ability to use  technology effectively [Specifically technology that obtain and integrate learning with problem solving]

g.       Change management

h.       Conflict and crisis management

i.         Personal and professional productivity

3.       Early career path development and establishment through

a.       Participation in dedicated problem solving events [From elementary school level]

b.       Career based achievement through Science Based Competition [SBC]


Competencies to be measured by

§        a SBC rubric for development [a set of official rules or instructions] for each profession, and

§        problem solving competition [science based] as development platform for global competitiveness


NYDT School EduTraining Program: Enginuity  Online 2020

Description of Program:

Program Dimensions:

a.       Online [Design]

b.       Practical Internship [ArchaeoEngineering Survival Programme (“Camp”)]

Principal entry levels for students:

a.       Grades 1 to 6 [Junior School] = Basic Problem Solving Projects

b.       Grades 7 to 9 [Middle School] = Problem Solving Projects

c.       Grades 10 to 13 [Middle School] = Futuristic Problem Solving Projects

d.       Ad hoc entry [eg Grade 7 of 12, just for a year project] - Problem Solving Projects

Principal Focus:

a.       Career goal/path development

b.       Profession [Engineering Science] development

Integrated activity

Support by stakeholders and role-players such as Soup @ School

2020 Vision = Physical, Intelligence and Mental [“Eye to Mind” Program]

BASICS Program [Basic Ability and Skills Identification and Classification System]

BASE Facilitator – Basic Ability and Skills Exerciser

Shadowing [= 1 day] and Temping [Period]


The following aspects are included/reflected in the training program:

1.       Phases dictate content : Awareness, Appreciation, Concern, Action [AACA]

2.       Foundation: Anticipatory Profiling

3.       Implementation method: School Science Projects [Research and Development – R&D]

4.       The Engineering Environment [Incl the Master of the Environment Concept]

5.       ArchaeoEngineering [= Prehistoric Engineering]  through Survival course

6.       The 6 W’s = What/Why/Where/When/Who/HoW







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The Basics of Technology*

ArchaeoEngineering [= Prehistoric Engineering]

1. Basic application of Key subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry [incl Materials], Physics, Biology [Ergonomics], Economics and Informatics

2. Design and Fly/Etc.



Movement: Transport*

1.       Trains, Cars and Planes

2.       Ships and maritime related technology




1.       Concrete and Steel : Houses, Buildings and Bridges

2.       Environmental Engineering



HiTech Electronics Program

1.       Rockets and  Robots*

2.       Rays and Beams



Thesis on Future Engineering*

The Future!? EduEngineering



Bridging Course*

1.       Mathematics, [Bio]Physics, [Bio]Chemistry

2.       Management principles


The following technologies form an integral part of the various year programs:

(i)     Information Technology

(ii)    Electrical Engineering [Including micro-electrical engineering]

(iii)   Energy related aspects

(iv)  Problem solving [MultiDimensional FisherTechnik/PCS Edventures Perspectives]

(v)   Sustainable development incl pollution [visual, chemical, sound etc]

(vi)  Future Science


Junior Schools of Engineering [Centers for Quality Education]:

1.       Gatang Engineering [Mamelodi] - The Gatang Engineers

2.       Orange Engineering [Isikhumbuso Secondary School, Orange Farm]

3.       Kassie Engineering [Atteridgeville] - The Kassie Engineers

4.       Stanza Engineering [Mamelodi] - The Stanza Engineers

5.       Vukani Engineering [Mamelodi] - The Vukani Engineers




Awards for Science Based Competition [Engineering Design]:

1.  Inter-School Competition – Principal’s Award [Necessity in Disadvantaged school communities]

2.  Regional [Inter-City] – Mayor’s Award

3.  Provincial Awards - Premiers Award

4.  National Award for Engineering Design: Presidents award

5.  Inter-Africa Competition: Africa Award for Engineering Design

6.  International Science Based Competition [“World Championship for Engineering Design”]